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09-10-2008, 03:46 AM   #1
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What Lens To Take On A Fair Photoshoot?

Hey All,
Late this month and extending until the middle of October, the State Fair of Texas will be in town and due to skin grafts on my shoulders,I don't think I want to lug around a gadget bag with lots of lenses so here's my dilemma. I have three lenses, the kit lens that came with my Pentax k200d, my Sigma 70-300 zoom and my newly acquired 50mm DA f 1.4. I hope to be shooting a variety of shots from the new cars on display, to some night/dusk shots of some of the rides to people playing games on the midway,quite a variety, maybe some birds in flight during a training show they have each year. I like shooting without a flash as much as possible and the 50mm f 1.4 seems to be the answer however if I can get decent sharp high ISO shots with the Sigma or kit lens, then I wouldn't really need the fast f 1.4 lens (would I?) but if I use it, I figure with the cams 10mp sensor, I could always close crop in PP so I really wouldn't need the zoom? I'm confused. Help

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I had taken the kit lens with me when I went to the Minnesota State Fair. I used indoors, outdoors, daylight, mix lighting etc. It seems to hold up pretty well for me. Here is a link to a couple of my pictures: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/327092-post20.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrApollinax Quote
I had taken the kit lens with me when I went to the Minnesota State Fair. I used indoors, outdoors, daylight, mix lighting etc. It seems to hold up pretty well for me. Here is a link to a couple of my pictures: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/327092-post20.html
I would have shot the pics in color but I see what mood you were going for. I forgot about the livestock shows, looks like the kit lens would be the most flexible for this event given the fact it's closest thing I have right now as far as a wide angle lens goes. Even my new 50mm doesn't allow me to stand back far enough to get group shots in cramped quarters.

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09-10-2008, 04:34 AM   #4
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Take the body with the kit lens and take along the 50mm in your pocket. Covers angles as well as something special for dusk or night time.

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I agree with the above. Bring the kit lens and the prime in a pocket. It's smaller than some wallets, after all.

You won't regret having a f1,4 for night shots...

By the way, I'm guessing it's a FA 50 mm?
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it's simple, take a "fair amount" of lenses with you.

ok, nvm.

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QuoteOriginally posted by shutterpuppy Quote
I would have shot the pics in color but I see what mood you were going for. I forgot about the livestock shows, looks like the kit lens would be the most flexible for this event given the fact it's closest thing I have right now as far as a wide angle lens goes. Even my new 50mm doesn't allow me to stand back far enough to get group shots in cramped quarters.

Barry
Which is the reason I had brought the kit lens with me instead of my 50 or 70-300. Neither were wide enough for those shots in the barns. The only caveat I will bring up about the Kit lens is that it has a fair amount of distortion on the wide end (Pentax SMC-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL - Review / Test Report). So as long as you keep that in mind or you will fix that in post then you should be good to go.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jasvox Quote
Take the body with the kit lens and take along the 50mm in your pocket. Covers angles as well as something special for dusk or night time.

Jason
Exactly my recommendation too.

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This is exactly what I was going to post. Dave

QuoteOriginally posted by Jasvox Quote
Take the body with the kit lens and take along the 50mm in your pocket. Covers angles as well as something special for dusk or night time.

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Last year I shot the local fair for the paper, using 2 lenses. A Tokina 70 - 210mm f4.0 - 5.6 manual focus. Which spent 90% of the time on my camera, and was perfect for most situations.

And a K-mount 55mm f1.8.

I could have gotten away with just either one, however if I was to shoot it again I'd just take the 70 - 210.
Or in your case the Sigma 70 - 300.
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I vote for the kit lens and (maybe) the 50mm if you want something else.

I recently went to our local boardwalk and took the 16-50, which is faster, but I really didn't need the speed for the shots I was taking at night. I even used the on-board flash (removed the hood first).



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A fast ish wide and a good 50mm, works well for me.
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Hey Russ

Great fun looking shots Maybe you can make it to the fair too. Hope (maybe not in your case) to see some shots of what Hurricane Ike leaves behind in his wake,ever done any photojournalism?

Barry

QuoteOriginally posted by rfortson Quote
I vote for the kit lens and (maybe) the 50mm if you want something else.

I recently went to our local boardwalk and took the 16-50, which is faster, but I really didn't need the speed for the shots I was taking at night. I even used the on-board flash (removed the hood first).



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Get a mini version of this without the shoulder straps and bring all 3 lenses :-)
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Mr Apollinax, I was at the Mn State Fair also, with my 12-24, but I didn't do as
well as you did there - very nice shots in that link.

To the OP, I think the kit lens is ideal in a Fair setting - going wide to get the
expansive view, or getting stretched images by going wide up close, while being
able to go to portrait length (55) with the same lens is useful.

Below are a few shots from the MN State Fair with the 12-24:




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